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Mohammedan SC Organised Annual Grassroots Festival

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club celebrated AIFF Annual Grassroots Football Day on Wednesday (14 November 2018) by organizing  Grassroots Football Festival at Mohammedan Sporting Ground. The Club has also inaugurated the Black Panthers Football Schools on the occasion.

Mohammedan SC — under newly appointed Head of Youth Development Yan Law and Chairman of Youth Development Programme SK. Wasim Akram — has intensified their grassroots activity with an aim to reach out to maximum number of kids from the Kolkata and neighbouring areas.

A large number of kids in the age group of 6 to 15 years from the Club’s Youth Development Programme participated in matches and drills that were both fun and engaging. Besides providing more footballing lessons, a key focus of this festival is to instil positive values in youths who are at the crucial stage of development.

While developing good players is part of the development strategy for the Club, having the coaches develop at the same pace as the players will be the key to success, and for the same Mohammedan Sporting Club is organizing AIFF ‘D’ License Coaching Course next month.

Mohammedan appoints Yan Law as Head of Youth Development

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce the appointment Yan Law as the Head of Youth Development.

Mohammedan Sporting has been in recent times laying emphasis on youth development within the club and the appointment of Yan Law just shows that.

The 25-year-old has just completed AFC A license coaching course and has previously worked at TSG Hoffenheim Academy, Manchester United Academy and Arsenal FC Academy beside working as the All India Football Federation appointed Development Officer for West Bengal.

Yan Law holds FA Level 1 and Level 2 coaching license from UEFA and also a core committee member of the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AiFC). Yan Law has previously coached West Bengal Junior Football Team.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Engrossing Final On The Cards

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Raghunath Nandy says tomorrow’s final of the 2018 Bordoloi Trophy final will be tough but stressed that Black Panthers have prepared well to soar over Oil India FC.

Both sides will be locking horns in the final of the 65th edition of the competition at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Guwahati with Honorable Chief Minister of Assam Sri. Sarbananda Sonowal attending as the Chief Guest.

Oil India scraped past TRAU FC with a 3-2 come-from-behind win and will carry the advantage of being the home side. Whereas, Mohammedan SC were pushed to their limits by BSF Jalandhar in other semi-final and secured their spot in the final after surviving a penalty shootout with goalkeeper Sourav Chakraborty proving their hero in the shootout.

A favourite is hard to pick as both are undefeated in the tournament and have proven themselves to be a lethal attacking force. With the likes of Philip Adjah, Prosenjit Chakraborty and Sumit Ghosh in the ranks, Mohammedan SC will always pose a goal threat but the same can be said of Oil India, for whom Jayanta Basumatary and Mintu Boro have been in exceptional form.

Nandy has indicated his pleasure with how the campaign has progressed thus far and remain confident come kick-off that his side will go out and do the business to clinch their first Bordoloi Trophy title since 1991.

“It has been a long and difficult road to get to the final. It is a culmination of hard work and the preparation we did getting into this tournament,” Nandy said.

“We will play our normal game but bearing in mind that the most important thing for us is not to concede. Keeping things tight at the back will be important.”

l have been working on my team and concentrating on what we need to do to win. We have our destiny in our own hands and I believe we have what it takes to win,” he added.

On the other hand, it’s a big ask for Oil India, who don’t have any foreigners in their side, but coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.) believes the side has the talent and mental strength to do well.

“I think we are well prepared as we can be for this match.” Bhattacharya said. “We are facing a very tough opponent in Mohammedan SC and it will be tough for us, but hopefully we can make it a bit tough on Mohammedan SC too. I’ve been speaking to the boys about it. They have to be confident with themselves, they have to believe in themselves and they have actually shown for me a good style here so why shouldn’t they believe in themselves.”

Mohammedan SC have so far scored 6 goals and conceded two in their run up to the final, whereas Oil India  scored 7 themselves and conceded four. However, neither side have impressed on a regular basis, and one wonders whether they are holding something back for this stage.

The match is slated to kick-off at 5 pm on Thursday.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Mohammedan SC shootout BSF for final spot

GUWAHATI: Substitute goalkeeper Sourav Chakraborty emerged the hero for Mohammedan Sporting Club as he saved two penalties against BSF Jalandhar and ensured his team’s passage in the final of 2018 Bordoloi Trophy on Monday.

The first semi-final of the competition at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Guwahati saw both sides level at 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes and the match went into the penalties with Mohammedan SC winning 6-5 via sudden death. Both teams missed a spot-kick each in the regulation shootout but the decisive error was made by Saddam Hossain as his effort was palmed away by Sourav.

The first-half was an evenly matched contest with the teams were watchful not to press too many men forward and as a result there were not many chances to pounce upon.

However, as the game progressed Mohammedan SC gradually gained control and created game’s first scoring opportunity when Philip Adjah controlled a ball outside the box only to fire his volley wide in the 14th minute.

BSF, on the other hand, did show some excellent moves in patches but find it difficult to penetrate into the rival box thanks to some brilliant defending by Prosenjit Pal.

After pushing up for a long time, Mohammedan SC created the best chance of the first-half in the 34th minute. Snehasish Dutta cut in from the right and with an intelligent ball sent Sumit Ghosh clear on the left. Sumit controlled the ball and tried to volley over the keeper but he was denied by a brilliant save from the rival custodian Harpreet Singh.

Thereafter, both sides battled hard in the midfield, but with the game turning physical there weren’t many chances as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

The second-half was played at much higher intensity than the first and both sides had some close chances with Mohammedan SC going extremely close twice in the opening fifteen minutes but was denied by poor finishing.

Bengal had their chances through David Asamoah, Adjah and Sumit, while BSF went close through Jitinder Rawat and Ramakanta Hembram but neither could get the breakthrough.

A last minute effort from substitute Prosenjit Chakraborty was denied by Harpreet and proved the final action of the game ahead of a penalty shootout with both teams left in a scoreless deadlock forcing the contest to be decided on penalties where Raghunath Nandi’s charges proved to be better shooters and prevailed 6-5.

Black Panthers will now play the final on November 8, 2018 against the winner between TRAU FC and Oil India.

Mohammedan SC ‘B’ crowned champions in JSB Memorial Gold Cup

Bangaldoba, Assam: Mohammedan Sporting Club ‘B’ edged past Baarhoongkha AC 1-0 in the final to clinch the title in the 17th Jwhwlao Swmbla Basumatary Memorial Gold Cup today at Bangaldoba in Chirang, Assam.

Led by defender Ainish Zamadar Mohammedan SC ‘B’ began their campaign against Shillong Laban SC in the quarterfinal which they won 4-2 on penalties on Tuesday.

Then Mohammedan SC ‘B’ outplayed Shillong Regiment 4-2 in the semifinal on Friday thanks to a hat-trick by first team skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh, who joined the team ahead of the clash.

Up against local outfit Baarhoongkha AC in the title decider, Suman Ghoshal’s charges put on an excellent show to win the match 1-0 thanks to Mohammad Amirul’s lone goal. Adjah was adjudged Man of the Tournament. The team were presented with trophy and cash reward of Rs. 75 thousand.

Team manager Akbar Ali motivated the team in a big way before Asst. Ground Secretary Belal Ahmed Khan joined the team ahead of the semifinal.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Black Panthers stay perfect in Nalbari

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat 2nd Division League rivals TRAU FC 2-1 to make it three wins from three in Group B of the 2018 Bordoloi Trophy on Friday.

Midfielders Satyam Sharma (24′) and Sumit Ghosh (33′) were on target for Mohammedan SC while Ngangbam Naocha (39′) pulled a goal back for TRAU at Nalbari’s Mukalmua Stadium.

Having already assured their place in the semi-finals Mohammedan SC were able to make six changes to the side that defeated Baarhoongkha FC 3-1 in the previous round.

Despite the changes, Black Panthers still fielded a strong side and were quick to settle into their rhythm to dictate the tempo of the game with TRAU keeper Ashok Singh called into early action, but the Manipuri outfit were soon putting pressure of their own on their opponents.

The flair and pace that has become a hallmark of Manipuri football was evident as the Mohammedan SC back-line struggled to close down the attacks.

But the height and power of Prosenjit Paul with Ashim Kumar Dey at his side, was enough to keep the likes of Princewill Emeka and Naocha at bay.

Having missed a host of chances till the 20th minute mark, Black Panthers finally broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when Satyam slotted a free-kick home from 20 yards to make it 1-0.

Having scored, Mohammedan SC increased their pressure and attacked the rival goal ferociously going close on a few occasions. Nine minutes later, Mohammedan SC’s pressure yielded another goal when Sumit got on the scoresheet after some brilliant team work.

However, TRAU never once looked like giving up as the Manipuri side continued to put pressure on the Mohammedan SC back-line and were finally rewarded following a defensive error on the part of Mohammedan SC as Naocha halved the deficit in the 39th minute.

It proved the confidence boost TRAU needed, while having the opposite effect on Mohammedan SC. The chances for TRAU started flowing, however, Mohammedan SC contained the rampant TRAU until referee blew the half-time whistle with scoreline read 2-1 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.

TRAU continued with that momentum as they came out for the second-half and forced Mohammedan SC keeper Sourav Chakraborty into making a number of goal-denying saves.

Nonetheless, the lack of finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from Black Panthers meant TRAU could not find a goal as reward for their early dominance.

TRAU seemed like they might get the equalizer they so desperately sought with a couple of decent forays into their opponent’s half, however they were repeatedly denied by Mohammedan SC, and forced to deal with a wave of rapid counter attacks.

Despite a strong showing in the last 15 minutes, TRAU couldn’t find the goal they desired to at least salvage a point from the match to top the group and were forced to watch on as their opponents celebrated victory on this occasion.

Mohammedan SC coach Raghunath Nandy was happy with his side’s performance.

“I am very pleased with the nine points. I made a lot of changes to the team, I have used the whole squad and rested a few key players that were on booking and that was important for the group. I thought today it was a solid performance,” he said.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Mohammedan, TRAU clash for top spot in Group B

GUWAHATI: 2nd Division League rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club and TRAU FC will be vying for top spot in Group B as they lock horns on Friday.

Although both sides are on six points and already assured of a place in the 2018 Bordoloi Trophy semi-finals after back-to-back wins over Assam Police Blues and Baarhoongkha FC respectively, still it’s a clash that will excite football fans in the region mainly because of the high intensity attacking brand of football both have adopted so far in the tournament.

However, TRAU look to have the edge, coming on the back of two convincing victories. The Manipur outfit have scored 6 goals and conceded none from their first two games and this is an impressive tally. The midfield and attack looks to be in sync but the only worry for them would be that their defense still remains untested going into a crucial top of the table clash.

Mohammedan SC, on the other hand, have matched TRAU in just about every department although they have not been able to be as convincing. While Assam Police managed to cause panic among the Mohammedan SC defenders in the final minutes of their game, Baarhoongkha FC were able to break the defense to score a goal.

Though Black Panthers coach Raghunath Nandy has made it clear that he won’t settle for anything less than the top spot but he has also indicated that he will ring the changes against TRAU.

The veteran coach is taking this game very seriously, but he intends to make the most of his team’s early qualification by giving a few starters a breather and allowing his fringe players more time on the pitch.

Nandy will doubtless keep faith with his beloved 4-5-1 formation as he introduces at least four new faces, with Charles Atcha taking over from Philip Adjah up front.

A subplot for this fixture features TRAU FC ace Princewill Emeka. The Nigerian who is currently the tournament’s top scorer with 4 goals, will be facing his former side for whom he turned out in recently concluded 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’.

The winner of this encounter tops Group B and advances into the semis to face the second placed team in Group A. The match that is expected to entertain the crowd with the brand of football that both teams have adopted, will take place at Mukalmua Stadium in Nalbari, with kick off scheduled at 3 pm.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Mohammedan blank Baarhoongkha to reach semis

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club booked their place in the semifinals of 2018 Bordoloi Trophy with one game in hand after beating Baarhoongkha FC 3-1 on Wednesday in their second Group B game.

Rakesh Karmakar (24′), Phillip Adjah (42′) and Charles Atcha (87′) were on target for Black Panthers while Urjay Brahma (74′) pulled a goal back for Baarhoongkha FC.

Mohammedan SC made a bright start to the game, enjoying most of the early ball possession on a humid afternoon at Nalbari’s Mukalmua Stadium, while Baarhoongkha FC looked lethargic and off the pace throughout the opening stanza.

As expected Mohammedan SC had the best opportunities and ran the show for much of the game with the shots coming from all directions keeping the Baarhoongkha FC back-line busy as well as forcing some big saves from their keeper.

However, Black Panthers weren’t going to be kept at a distance forever and it ended up being Rakeah who opened the scoring after racing between the defenders to place the ball past keeper in the 24th minute.

Mohammedan SC then took control of the match and looked dangerous every time they pushed forward. Prosenjit Chakraborty tried to curl the ball into the top corner, but Baarhoongkha FC keeper produced a fine save to deny the winger.

Meanwhile, Baarhoongkha FC continued to commit defensive mistakes and were nearly punished in the 38th minute but David Asamoah failed to keep his effort on target from close range.

However, Mohammedan SC did manage to score their second when Adjah scored a brilliant right footer in the 42nd minute after making a lung busting run on the right side.

Baarhoongkha FC, on the other hand, looked well out of their depth throughout the first-half and went into the break trailing 2-0, with a mountain to climb in the second stanza.

Back from recess, Black Panthers continued to dominate, but were unable to really stretch the Baarhoongkha FC defense and create scoring chances from open play. Adjah, however, twice threatened with shots from distance.

Nonetheless, as the game progressed Baarhoongkha FC began to control the proceedings with greater possession and looked more threatening going forward, thanks to crisp passing, good off-the-ball movement and dazzling individual skills.

Having missed some half chances, Barhoongkha FC finally pulled a goal back in the 74th minute through Urjay Bramha, who slotted past Laltu Mondal from close.

Baarhoongkha FC had the chance to level matters four minutes later, but after Sandip Brahma raced clear of the defense he was unable to hit the net, sending a left-footed shot just wide of the far upright.

Overall though it was Black Panthers who looked slightly more dangerous in attack and a third goal always seemed a possibility, while Baarhoongkha FC despite throwing on several attackers, struggled to breach their opponents’ defense.

With Baarhoongkha FC pushing hard for an equalizer, Mohammedan SC simply had to run down the clock as they shut the local outfit out and saw out their second win of the campaign, but not before substitute Charles tapped home for the third from Ujjal Howladar’s pass in the 87th minute, to all but seal the three points and a place in the semifinals.

Adjah was pleased to get on the board, but his main focus was getting the win and progressing in the competition.

“Of course it’s always nice to score but the main thing is we are through to the next stage,” he says.

“We came up against a very tough side but it’s what we do. We dig in, we fight and we came out with the right result.” Adjah added.

Mohammedan SC will take on TRAU FC next in their last Group B fixture on Friday at the same venue.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: No room for complacency, says Raghu Nandy

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to continue their path towards the semi-finals when they take on Baarhoongkha FC in their second Group B fixture of 2018 Bordoloi Trophy on Wednesday at Mukalmua Stadium in Nalbari, kick-off at 3 pm.

The reputation between these two sides indicates that the match will be a real David vs Goliath battle but Black Panthers may find the going tougher than many are predicting.

Baarhoongkha FC will certainly be in no mood to gift three points to Mohammedan SC as they are in dire need of those points themselves, having lost 1-0 to TRAU FC on the opening day to leave their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread. And if any of Mohammedan SC players had any doubts about how difficult this tournament could prove, those were quickly dispelled in Sunday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Assam Police Blues.

A win for Mohammedan SC would virtually secure them a spot in the semi-finals but there is no complacency from coach Raghunath Nandy when it comes to taking on a Assamese side on their own turf.

Black Panthers produced an impressive attacking display their opening match against Assam Police Blues, however they were wasteful in front of goal.

Nandy has admitted that his side were not at their best against Assam Police but he was still happy with his players’ determination to get a result. Nonetheless, they will need to improve if they are to topple Baarhoongkha FC.

”It would be a mistake to underestimate Baarhoongkha. It’s a very important game and we can’t be complacent. We know that all the teams will be tough out here.” Nandy said.

“I don’t know much about Baarhoongkha FC but I heard they played well in their opening game with TRAU even though they lost and we respect them by all means.”

Nandy also adds that Baarhoongkha FC having tasted defeat at the hands of TRAU will be out to prove a point.

“We approach every game as a hard game, no matter who we play. Of course we will be out to win that match as well but again we will not take them lightly and look to put a good show, ” he concluded.

Mohammedan SC are an attacking side and have every reason to unleash their full arsenal on Baarhoonkha FC as goal difference could prove crucial at the end of the group phase.

The Black Panthers had a training session earlier today at Guwahati’s Nehru Stadium as they prepare for the game with no injury concerns. However, Adjah, Kamran Farooque, Laltu Hembram and Laltu Mondal are walking a suspension tightrope.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Mohammedan beat Assam Police Blues to open campaign

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club began their campaign in Group B of the 2018 Bordoloi Trophy with a 1-0 win over Assam Police Blues on Sunday.

Ghanaian goal-machine Philip Adjah scored the winning goal in the 18th minute at Nalbari’s Mukalmua Stadium.

Mohammedan SC were the first to launch attacks, with Kamran Farooque’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during the early stages.

Laltu Hembram had the first shot of the game in the sixth minute but it sailed over the bar, and that was followed by Assam Police’s first threatening attack which saw Lachit Boro try to play a through ball to the on-running Sanjay Das, but he arrived late.

As the clock wound down in the first-half, most of the play had taken place at the heart of the field and the goalkeepers had less to do, only called into action when taking goal kicks.

However, a moment of sheer brilliance by David Asamoah and a clinical finish by Adjah opened the scoring for Mohammedan SC in the 18th minute.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities it was lack of finishing that saw first-half ended 1-0.

Assam Police started the second-half stronger, and came within inches of equalizing in the 54th minute but Laltu Mondal made a fine save to keep his side ahead.

Mohammedan SC, came back into the game as their pacey midfielders Prosenjit Chakraborty and Ujjal Hawlader threatened with their direct running and Prosenjit nearly caught out Assam Police keeper with a 66th-minute cross.

Mohammedan SC kept up the pressure and Assam Police keeper made a couple more smart stops to keep out a header by his own defender, as well as a pile-driver from Laltu Hembram in the 74th minute.

Four minutes later it should have been 2-0 had not Adjah’s free-kick from 30-yards out struck the crossbar.

Assam Police threw numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net as the Black Panthers held on for a well-deserved 1-0 win.

Mohammedan SC will take on Barhoongkha FC next on October 31st at the same venue.